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Guestpost: 7 tips to combat winter skin

Take care of your skin this Winter with Vitabath's tips

Winter is the hardest season of the year for keeping your skin moist, because dry heat – whether from a fireplace, furnace or electric heating system – dries out the air your skin is exposed to.

Even people who live in a tropical climate might feel as if their skin is tighter after a long shower, or spending time in the pool. Traveling to the ski slopes, warmer climates or to visit friends for the holidays can dry your skin as well.

Here are some helpful skin care tips to help you get through the winter:

1. Use a humidifier – Keeping the air around you moist can make a big difference in reducing the dryness of your skin. Either a portable humidifier or one attached to your home furnace will provide moisture around the clock.

2. Cover your face, hands, arms and legs – Any exposure to cold weather will have an effect, so minimise that exposure. Those minutes can add up to a lot of dryness, so be sure to cover any exposed areas.

3. Avoid wet gloves or socks – It’s tempting to ignore this when you’re busy, but even limited exposure will dry your skin. Keep extra pairs handy wherever you run the risk of spending time in wet socks or gloves.

4. Take shorter showers – Too much exposure to water can keep your skin from replenishing its own natural oils. Hot water is more damaging than warm water, so make the temperature as low as is comfortable.

5. Choose natural fabrics – Cotton and cashmere are gentler than wool. If you wear wool gloves, consider putting on a thin cotton pair first.

6. Use Dry Skin Care Body Lotion – Select a moisturizing body lotion that is formulated to offer the protection your skin needs throughout the winter. The lotion will typically be clearly labeled “for dry skin” on the bottle.

7. Drink enough water – Since the normal amount required for good health is enough to keep your skin hydrated, there’s no need to go overboard. Eight 8oz glasses a day is plenty unless you’re perspiring or thirsty.

Other causes:

The simple tips above can make a difference in keeping your skin moist, but sometimes dry skin is caused by medical issues. Be sure to mention any skin problems to your doctor if you’re affected by:

* Hypothyroidism, which can reduce the oil your skin produces
* Diabetes, because changing glucose levels can be dehydrating
* Eczema or psoriasis, which require special treatment

Otherwise, you can rely on common sense and moisturising products to help you beat the effects of winter on your skin.

By Vitabath


Guest post: Summer Skincare

Glow like Rihanna with these skincare tips

The elements of Summer can take their toll on our skin. Things like heat, chlorine and humidity can damage your skin during the Summer months, and even though it may not seem like it, the season is almost upon us. So in order to prepare your skin for the hot weather ahead and keep it looking healthy and feeling smooth, here are some tips on taking care of your skin this Summer.

Be sure to use SPF every day – Even when it’s raining or cloudy. You should always apply SPF 15 minutes before you leave your home and every two hours after that. You should also reapply it after you’ve gone swimming because the water will wash off the sunscreen. The fairer your skin, the higher the factor your sunscreen should be to prevent burning.

Use moisturiser every day – Instead of the thick, intense moisturiser that you use during the Winter, get a lighter one so that your skin can breathe and not feel suffocated. If your moisturiser has SPF in it, it’s a good idea to find out how much, but if you’re moisturiser contains less than 15% sunscreen, you should apply some SPF underneath in order to minimise sun damage.

Exfoliate – Use a exfoliator and scrub solution weekly to remove the dead skin cells from your face and body and keep your skin looking radiant. Be sure not to overdo it because freshly exfoliated skin is more sensitive; once a week is plenty during the Summer.

Drink lots of water – On a regular day, you should drink eight glasses of water, but in the Summer try to drink more so that your entire body maintains hydration and feels energized.

Consult your dermatologist – Check with your dermatologist before you continue using acne products, as when mixed with sweat the active ingredients in them can cause the skin to become irritated.

These easy-to-follow tips should help you get through the Summer season by maintaining the natural beauty of your skin. Have a fun summer!

Radiant Summer skin is but a few steps away

Written by Aleya Bamdad of the Manhattan Beauty School, Hair Design Institute

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